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STEAMERS HIRE NEW HEAD COACH

Head Coach: Justin Hill

April 18, 2022

Edenton, NC- There’s a new leader for the Steamers.

Justin Hill, the current head coach at Currituck County High School, has been hired as the Steamers’ head coach for the 2022 season.

Hill brings over 20 years of managerial experience at the high school level, including the last 14 years as the manager of Currituck County High School’s varsity team. Working with collegiate players is a new chapter of coaching that he’s looking forward to. 

“I’m excited to work with talented guys that are serious about the game,” Hill said. “That’s what I’m passionate about and I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”

Hill has lifelong experience with the area, growing up playing and eventually coaching in and around Edenton. He grew up in Elizabeth City and attended Currituck schools. The Steamers new manager even has ties to Historic Hicks Field from his playing days. 

“When I was in high school I played at Historic Hicks Field, and I was on Edenton’s Post 40 Legion team in high school,” Hill said. “I’ve been in a lot of ball games at that park and have a lot of fond memories of summer ball in Edenton in that atmosphere.”

Hill’s history in Edenton, as well as his ability to help young players grow, made him an easy choice for Steamers’ general manager Tyler Russell. 

“The Steamers are very excited about the hiring of Justin Hill. He brings a strong passion for the game of baseball and a willingness to help our players grow. During his many years at Currituck, he has molded numerous guys into great players, and has seen many of his men go on to the next level,” Russell said. “We are excited to see where he will lead our storied franchise on the field. We project nothing but great success for him and our players as we move through the upcoming season.”

Hill’s familiarity of the area brings an understanding of what fans of Edenton want to see from their team. He’s conscious of the team’s importance to the area and the support the team has behind them. 

“Edenton still has that small town feel to it. When there’s a game going on, everyone knows about it…. That’s something that’s special to me, that small town feel and local people getting behind their guys,” Hill said. “My goal is to make the community of Edenton proud of the product that’s on the field. The wins and losses will take care of themselves.”

Hill’s been around the game long enough to know what qualities a team needs to win. His teams and his coaching style follow a similar theme. 

Playing the game the right way. 

“Respecting the game and playing it hard, that’s the only way I know how to practice and play,” Hill said. “That’s what I preach all the time, being accountable.”

Hill follows up Marshall McDonald, who spent the last two seasons guiding the teal and black. McDonald compiled a 37-16 record in league play as manager of the Steamers. 

McDonald led the team in 2020 to its highest winning percentage in a single season in team history (21-5; .807 win percentage). He also coached elite talent like Houston Wright (2020 PCL MVP), Jake Rice (9th round pick in 2021 by Arizona Diamondbacks) and Joe Kemlage (2021 free agent signing by San Francisco Giants).

“The Steamers organization greatly appreciates all of the hard work over the last two years by Marshall McDonald. His stellar enthusiasm for the game was incomparable,” said Russell. “He made a huge impact on and off the field for our players and our fans. We wish him nothing but the best with his new position as the Head Coach at Catawba Valley Community College.”

McDonald posted a message to social media in which he thanked the Steamers and fans for rejuvenating his love for summer baseball. He ended his message with one last thank you to Edenton. 

“To the fans and town of Edenton you will have a special place in mine and my wife’s heart forever,” McDonald wrote. “I can never express how much these last two summers have changed my life. But, for now I must move on and answer to life’s ever-changing call. Much love! Roll Clams! FOTC!”

Hill’s first game as manager will be on June 3rd when the Steamers take on the Clayton Clovers.

THANK YOU

On behalf of the Premier Collegiate League, we would like to say thank you to all of the players, coaches, interns and volunteers who helped make our 2021 season another summer to remember. Thank you to our fans who came out to support the players this summer, we know you were treated to some exciting collegiate summer league baseball.

We would like to thank Eastern Officials Association, Mr. Chad Foltz and all of the great umpires at EOA. Their professionalism and dedication to baseball continue to help make our collegiate summer league a great place for players to develop and gain valuable playing experience.

We would like to thank War Memorial Stadium, the Peninsula Pilots, Henry Morgan, and the Pilots staff for graciously allowing us to use their facilities again this summer, thank you.

We would like to say thank you to all of the college coaches who allowed their players to join us this summer and be a part of the 2021 Premier Collegiate League. We trust that your players will return to campus this fall ready to compete and contribute to the program.

Finally, we would like to say thank you to Shannon Dooley, our league’s Director of Operations, who keeps the league running on schedule and together, and whose help each summer in invaluable. Thank you for all you do for the league, coaches, umpires, players, interns and fans.

2021 BIG WOODY AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The Premier Collegiate League announces the 2021 Big Woody Award Winners

The PCL’s Big Woody Awards are presented to the league’s top offensive players across 12 categories. Congratulations to our 2021 winners.

RIVER BANDITS 2021 PCL CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the Tarboro River Bandits, 2021 Premier Collegiate League Champions.

The River Bandits finished the regular season in first place and went into the post season tournament as the number one seed in the eastern division. After a first round loss, the River Bandits bounced back to win three straight and the 2021 PCL Eastern Division Championship, sending them to the league championship game, where they came out victorious, with a hard fought 4 – 3 win and the 2021 PCL Championship.

Congratulations to the Wake Forest Fungo on a great season, finishing the regular season in first place and carrying their one seed into the post season tournament, where they emerged as the 2021 PCL Western Division Champions and competed until the final out in the 2021 PCL League Championship Game.

You can watch the live stream of the 2021 Premier Collegiate League Championship Game on the Tarboro River Bandits Live Stream Facebook Page.

Click here: 2021 Premier Collegiate League Championship Game

WILL SMITH NAMED 2021 PCL CHAMPIONSHIP MVP

Friday, August 6, 2021 – Tarboro, NC

At Friday night’s Premier Collegiate League’s Championship Game, Will Smith, Univ. of Tennessee – Martin, took the mound for the Tarboro River Bandits to face the powerhouse Wake Forest Fungo.

Will Smith led the Tarboro River Bandits to victory on the pitcher’s mound, surrendering three runs on six hits over eight innings, striking out seven and walking one, en route to being named 2021 PCL Championship MVP.

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Will Smith8.0115.704633710
Will Smith, Univ. of Tennessee – Martin, 2021 PCL Championship MVP

RIVER BANDITS DEFEAT FUNGO TO WIN 2021 PCL CHAMPIONSHIP

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Tarboro River Bandits Clinches Lead In Eighth Inning For Victory Over Wake Forest Fungo In 2021 PCL Championship

Friday, August 6, 2021 – Tarboro, NC

Tarboro River Bandits took the lead late and defeated Wake Forest Fungo 4-3 on Friday. The game was tied at three with Tarboro River Bandits batting in the bottom of the eighth when Tarboro River Bandits scored one run on a stolen base.

Wake Forest Fungo opened up scoring in the second inning. Hogan Stallings drove in one when Stallings doubled.

Will Smith led the Tarboro River Bandits to victory on the pitcher’s mound. The pitcher surrendered three runs on six hits over eight innings, striking out seven and walking one. Eli Culbreth threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

Kei Yamagishi took the loss for Wake Forest FungoYamagishi went one and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out one and walking one.

Jayson Arendt started the game for Wake Forest Fungo. The righthander allowed seven hits and two runs over six and a third innings, striking out ten

Tarboro River Bandits racked up ten hits on the day. Mike Dolberry Jackson Cherry, and Dane Hoggard each collected multiple hits for Tarboro River BanditsHoggardCherry, and Dolberry each collected two hits to lead Tarboro River BanditsTarboro River Bandits was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Levis Aguila made the most plays with nine.

Wake Forest Fungo totaled seven hits in the game. Thomas Fox and Stallings all had multiple hits for Wake Forest FungoWake Forest Fungo didn’t commit a single error in the field. Bryan Arendt had the most chances in the field with 12.

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Congratulations to the Tarboro River Bandits, your 2021 Premier Collegiate League Champions.

The River Bandits finished the regular season in first place and went into the post season tournament as the number one seed in the eastern division. After a first round loss, the River Bandits bounced back to win three straight and the 2021 PCL Eastern Division Championship, sending them to the league championship game, where they came out victorious, with a hard fought 4 – 3 win and the 2021 PCL Championship.

Congratulations to the Wake Forest Fungo on a great season, finishing the regular season in first place and carrying their one seed into the post season tournament, where they emerged as the 2021 PCL Western Division Champions and competed until the final out in the 2021 PCL League Championship Game.

BOX SCORE

Wake Forest Fungo
LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Jayson Arendt310002
Josh Hoffman411001
Bryan Arendt300003
Tristan Marsh311000
Hogan Stallings402300
Thomas Fox402000
Caleb Fluno301010
Ryan Warren400002
Will Gamble400001
Kei Yamagishi
Totals3237319

Batting 2B: Josh Hoffman, Hogan Stallings
3B: Tristan Marsh
TB: Caleb Fluno, Thomas Fox 2, Josh Hoffman 2, Tristan Marsh 3, Hogan Stallings 3
RBI: Hogan Stallings 3
HBP: Jayson Arendt, Bryan Arendt, Tristan Marsh
Totals Team QAB: 12 (33.33%)
Bryan Arendt, Caleb Fluno, Thomas Fox 2, Josh Hoffman, Tristan Marsh 2, Hogan Stallings 2, Ryan Warren 3

Team LOB: 6 Fielding DP: Thomas Fox

Tarboro River Bandits
LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Anthony Sherwin401001
Nick Hussey400000
Levis Aguila401002
Jackson Cherry312011
Mike Dolberry422002
Dane Hoggard412001
Pete Cosentino401103
Cam Hassert300210
Kevin Jones201011
Andrew Casey
Eli Culbreth
Ethan Fewell
Ben Jones
Zach Mallia
Camden Noble
Julian Parson
Tanner Smith
Will Smith
Totals324103311

Batting 2B: Dane Hoggard, Anthony Sherwin
TB: Levis Aguila, Jackson Cherry 2, Pete Cosentino , Mike Dolberry 2, Dane Hoggard 3, Kevin Jones, Anthony Sherwin 2
RBI: Pete Cosentino , Cam Hassert 2
FC: Cam Hassert
GIDP: Dane Hoggard
SB: Dane Hoggard
Totals Team QAB: 17 (48.57%)
Levis Aguila, Jackson Cherry, Pete Cosentino 2, Mike Dolberry 3, Cam Hassert, Dane Hoggard, Nick Hussey, Kevin Jones 3, Anthony Sherwin 4

Team LOB: 7

Wake Forest Fungo
PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Jayson Arendt6.1107.6267221020
Kei Yamagishi1.234.676322110
Totals8.0141.63810441130

Pitching L: Kei Yamagishi
Pitches-Strikes: Jayson Arendt 107-67, Kei Yamagishi 34-23
Groundouts-Flyouts: Jayson Arendt 3-5, Kei Yamagishi 1-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Jayson Arendt 13-27, Kei Yamagishi 6-8

Tarboro River Bandits
PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Will Smith8.0115.704633710
Eli Culbreth1.017.647100200
Camden Noble0.00.000000000
Totals9.0132.697733910

Pitching W: Will Smith
HBP: Will Smith 3
Pitches-Strikes: Eli Culbreth 17-11, Camden Noble 0-0, Will Smith 115-81
Groundouts-Flyouts: Eli Culbreth 1-0, Camden Noble 0-0, Will Smith 2-13
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Eli Culbreth 2-4, Camden Noble 0-0, Will Smith 22-32

Key

  • AB: At bats
  • R: Runs scored
  • H: Hits
  • RBI: Runs batted in
  • BB: Base on balls (walks)
  • SO: Strikeouts
  • 2B: Doubles
  • 3B: Triples
  • HR: Home runs
  • Grand slam: Grand slam home runs
  • TB: Total bases
  • RBI: Runs batted in
  • SAC: Sacrifice hits & bunts
  • SF: Sacrifice flies
  • ROE: Reached on error
  • FC: Hit into fielder’s choice
  • HBP: Hit by pitch
  • CI: Batter advances on catcher’s interference
  • GIDP: Hit into double play
  • GITP: Hit into triple play
  • SB: Stolen bases
  • CS: Caught stealing
  • PIK: Picked off
  • QAB: Quality at bats (any one of: 3 pitches after 2 strikes, 6+ pitch ABs, XBH, HHB, BB, SAC Bunt, SAC Fly)
  • QAB%: Quality at bats per plate appearance
  • LOB: Runners left on base at the end of an inning
  • E: Errors
  • DP: Double Plays
  • TP: Triple Plays
  • IP: Innings Pitched
  • #P: Total pitches
  • S%: Strike percentage
  • H: Hits allowed
  • R: Runs allowed
  • ER: Earned runs allowed
  • SO: Strikeouts
  • BB: Base on balls (walks)
  • HR: Home runs allowed
  • W: Wins
  • L: Losses
  • SV: Saves
  • BS: Blown saves
  • HBP: Hit batters
  • WP: Wild pitches
  • BK: Balks

FUNGO VS RIVER BANDITS FOR 2021 PCL CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday, August 6, 2021 – Tarboro, NC

In tonight’s Premier Collegiate League Championship, the 2021 Western Division Champion Wake Forest Fungo will travel to Tarboro Municipal Stadium in Tarboro, NC to take on the 2021 Eastern Division Champion Tarboro River Bandits.

This is a single, winner take all game to decide the 2021 Premier Collegiate League Championship. Tickets will be available at the gate, gates open at 6:00pm with the first pitch scheduled for 7:00pm.

Fri, Aug 06Wake Forest FungoTarboro River BanditsTarboro Municipal Stadium7:00PM EDT

If you can’t make it out to the ballpark tonight, you can watch all the action live on the Tarboro River Bandits Facebook Live Stream

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE LIVE STREAM BROADCAST

Fans can also follow the action on our game changer feed at

https://gc.com/g/pcle21